What is a Sitz Bath

In sitz bath, a person sits in warm water up to the pelvic region. It is used to reduce discomfort or pain in the lower part of the body due to hemorrhoids (piles), infection of anal, prostate or vagina or menstrual cramps. It can be done simply by filling a bath tub with lukewarm water and sitting in it for some time. You can use a regular bath tub or any other tub in which you can sit comfortably. If using a regular bath tub then you will have to keep your feet over the side of the tub or you can sit in the water with knees bent. Sitz bath can also be taken in cool water depending upon doctor recommendations. The tub in which you are going to have sitz bath should be clean otherwise it can cause infections. Some people prefer saline water for sitz bath or some use baking soda. Women having vaginal infections can use warm sitz bath with salt and vinegar. It is very effective in such problem. While taking sitz bath, we should take care of some points which are:

The water should be as much as it can cover your hips and buttocks sufficiently. The temperature of water should be warm, not hot. It should last for at least 20 minutes. Initially it would be a little difficult to stay in it but then you will start feeling comfortable. Make sure that the bath tub is neat and clean before taking bath in it. Ensure that the water is covering the necessary areas otherwise it would be of no use. After taking bath, use a soft towel to pat the hips area. Don’t rub it. It can worsen the situation. Wrap yourself in a blanket and take rest for at least 1 hour. Do not use this remedy if you have diabetes, loss of sensation in your nerves. Repeat this 2-3 times daily. It would give you a soothing effect and will reduce the pain and discomfort.

Sitz bath is free of side effects. If a person has any lower body problem, he/she should opt of one only after taking advice from the doctor and following the instructions related to the sitz bath. It is a natural therapy for various severe lower body problems. It’s a much better treatment than any other treatments.

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